Friday, October 28, 2016

OCC Customs Choppers Indian


OCC Customs Choppers Indian

In the early days of motorized bicycles, there were a lot of brands.  We know how one emerged as the American market leader until the metrics came and changed the game.  Quiet was the Indian Motorcycle company when it folded until it reopened decades later.  They have been back in operations for a number of years and I'm seeing more of the advertisements. 


I don't know what I think of the Indian, how it sets itself apart from other marks such as HD or Victory.  By the brand, there is a degree of nostalgia incorporated into what is a more modern bike.  When you look around SL, you don't see many of them until OCC Customs Choppers gave us a matte black bobber under the Indian tradition.


Each time we get a bike to test, we'll get very close to it let it speak to us.  I've said this before, bikes will speak to their riders.  They have a story to tell.  They listen to our stories and our troubles.  Often they take us to the brink of hell.  The stories this bike would tell might put a cloud on your heart.  Is it evil?  No.  It is Evil's angry cousin.


The OCC Indian has a dark style.  When you see it, you'll notice an aggressive stance and readiness.  It is when you sit in the saddle and light the fires how aggressive and able the bike is.  Indian Stargazer does an incredible job putting bikes on the road which can be ridden and using the KCP/ACS script.  Plain in simple, this dark hearted bike is one of the easiest to ride.  You can compliantly ride it in the appropriate lane of travel for your country because you like to follow the law.....yeah right!


It is when we take a step back in time that we learn about ourselves and our culture.  Indian motorcycles are part of our collective history and our culture.  When bikes were really transportation, there was something cool about them.  Indians....well, there is something more than cool about this brand.  You ride and Indian when you don't want to conform to the insurance agents and lawyers, you ride one because you've earned the right. 

Now you can ride one here!


 
About OCC Customs Choppers

OCC Customs Choppers is absolutely a bike builder you want to try.  You can try before you buy by visiting the OCC shop and I recommend you meet Indian Stargazer and his team.  Getting to know a builder is a really cool deal.  Not only can they help you get the bike of your dreams, they will often help you fit your avi to the bike and introduce you to custom options.  OCC also has an active group which says positive things about this company.  So join the group too!  If you aren't the social type (I'm not always) you can visit OCC's marketplace and get access to the products.



Be sure to check out Lizzy's Bike Track Blog.  It is your quintessential guide to bike tracks in SL.  Wait, not only should you check it out, you should follow the blog (as well as this one) because new tracks are added every week.



Find us on Facebook

You can get updates and new reviews through our Facebook group "Things that Moves in SL" which you should absolutely join or on my Google+ page.   Lizzy and I review bikes, boats, cars and aircraft.  If you would like us to review something that moves, send us a message. 

 
Robby

60 Seconds Customs 1970 Paul Walker Escort

 
60 Seconds Customs
1970 Paul Walker Escort

How do you honor someone who ended so publicly and violently?  It's tough and to do so in SL is probably tougher.  Stevo Simpson did it with his 1970 Ford Escort in honor of the actor, Paul Walker.  As you know, Walker played a starring role in the Gone in 60 Seconds movie franchise.  He was also a car guy.   Steveo's tribute to Paul Walker is very well done and honor's not only the car guy who drove it but honored the person behind the wheel.


I met Stevo during the FFM Clinched Fist Car Show.  His Shelby won the show and it is truly an impressive car.  Having reviewed mostly motorcycles and understanding there are class types among bikes, there are class types among automobiles as well.  There is the land beast that people drive around their sims to look good.  They aren't really performance oriented at all.  There is this breed of car which is a purpose built racer.  Driving it around leisurely with your friends isn't likely to be its highest and best use and will prove difficult at best.  Put it on a track and open it up, a whole new world of performance will appear in a blur.


The 1970 Paul Walker Ford Escort is one of those purpose built racers.  When you open it up, the steering is set for high speed and it is a blast to rip around a track.  Control inputs are highly responsive and quick.  This is important with this style of scripted car, ACS 7.02 scripts.  To make an ACS vehicle fly around a track, the steering needs to be responsive and sharp otherwise you'll fail to navigate the turns. 


I'm not a good track racer.  On a bike, I can get up to the top 5 or top 10 with a huge gap between riders ahead of me.  In the right hands, this car would be a terror on asphalt.  What you can do with it can be quite amazing. 


Stevo (stephens60)is an exceptional customizer and having seen the Escort as well as his Shelby, I was impressed.  What you can do is reach out to him in-world and visit is shop.  You'll see some vendors and just visiting that sim, if you're into cars at all, you will have arrived at Nirvana.  I'll let you figure out why.  While you're at it, pick up this tribute car.  It will blow your mind!



Be sure to check out Lizzy's Bike Track Blog.  It is your quintessential guide to bike tracks in SL.  Wait, not only should you check it out, you should follow the blog (as well as this one) because new tracks are added every week.



Find us on Facebook

You can get updates and new reviews through our Facebook group "Things that Moves in SL" which you should absolutely join or on my Google+ page.   Lizzy and I review bikes, boats, cars and aircraft.  If you would like us to review something that moves, send us a message. 

 
Robby

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

JJ Cycles Slasher - NEW RELEASE


JJ Cycles Slasher - NEW RELEASE

In the quest to make a better chopper, JJ Cycles offers us the Slasher.  An evil looking contemporary chopper that positions the rider as the leader of the pack.  Jimmie has been on a building binge and the outcome is his new line of bikes which feature not only the great looks you can expect from JJ Cycles but improved performance.


In a chopper, I don't expect it to handle that well.  Years and years ago, my neighbor brought home an orange and green chopper very similar to the Slasher.  Needless to say, I was attracted to the bike.  However, I wasn't attracted to riding it.  The thing was worth more than I was and I didn't feel confident I wouldn't drop it. 


JJ Cycles' Slasher, now this one I feel comfortable peeling around the track like a psycho.  A close look at the paint and you can see that this bike can pull out your inner psycho as well.  Standing back, the bike has a dark look, almost heinous....almost evil.  It sure isn't your grocery getter, it is the bike you choose to bring silence to a bus full of cheerleaders on their way to a game.


Riding it is like riding all of the JJ Cycles' new releases, awesome!!  The bikes take the more advanced nature of KCP scripting  (i.e. can be difficult to ride) into a bike that is fun and well...almost pleasant.  I know, this bike is supposed to be mean and I just called it pleasant riding, like having milk and cookies with your grandmother.  Hey, maybe Grandma is a closet chopper aficionado. 


With all of the new bikes from JJ Cycles, you can't go wrong and you'll find a bike that truly suits who you are and who you want people to know you to be.  The look...it matters and so does the ride.  You'll get to your destination after having an amazing journey burning tires and riding the corners like you're on rails.





About JJ Cycles

At the JJ Cycles Main Store you can try out different bikes on the test track and you might even meet Jimmie. Do ask him for his autograph.  You can also buy on Marketplace.  With so many great bike builders, JJ Cycles is one you need to look into.


Be sure to check out Lizzy's Bike Track Blog.  It is your quintessential guide to bike tracks in SL.  Wait, not only should you check it out, you should follow the blog (as well as this one) because new tracks are added every week.



Find us on Facebook

You can get updates and new reviews through our Facebook group "Things that Moves in SL" which you should absolutely join or on my Google+ page.   Lizzy and I review bikes, boats, cars and aircraft.  If you would like us to review something that moves, send us a message. 

 
Robby

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Clinched Fist Car Show


 

Clinched Fist Car Show
Fisty's Fucking Motors

This past week, an accomplished car and bike builder has opened his doors to other builders to show off some stellar talent.  I was asked to be a judge for this event.  What I didn't know is how tough a job that would be.  Each of the entries had to be brand new build.  Some of the builders spent a lot of time finding the right shell and working on mods and parts to add to the look which spoke for their creation.

Truth be told, there are people in SL who are true artists.  Not only do they convert the mundane vehicle into a work of sculpture, they break into new territories of innovation and brilliance.  Just to look at one of these works of art won't do justice to the creation.  I literally crawled into each vehicle to examine every detail.  What I saw was overwhelming in the level of creativity people can put into one car or truck.

Fisty Lowtide is one of those guys who celebrates the creations of others.  Malcolm Gladwell gave a speech on Pioneers, Tokens and Pariahs that I encourage you to find and watch.  Fisty is a pioneer.  What he does with his vehicles is special but if he tried to crush his competition he would be doing himself a disservice and this is something he believes.  The Clinched Fist Car Show is an example of how big a pioneer he is by encouraging others to build something truly great and special.  It is an example of character for one builder to hold such a contest.  A contest that pushes the bar upward in how cars and trucks are built.

When the votes came in, we had popular vote winners and judges winners.  As a judge, I can't tell you how hard it was to pick my top three vehicles.  Each entry was just THAT good!  Then I got to know some of the builders.  If they aren't at the top of their game, they soon will be.  Each one is a true talent and an artist.
 
Top Judge Picks


Stevo Simpson of 60 Seconds Customs
First Place Judges' Pick and 
First Place Popular Vote

Steveo brought his 2016 King Cobra Mustang.  There is a lot to see with this car.  At first, you'll notice the paint which sets the car apart as unique and special.  The mods on the inside are equally striking.  Steveo put in an ear shredding sound system along with mind blowing nitrous tanks....hooked up to the intake system rather than your brain I might add.  From front to back, this isn't your ordinary pony.




Jaay Lusch Rat Rods Garage
2nd Place Judges' Pick


Jaay's 1958 Apache Rat Truck was an attention getter from the judges.  It stopped me in my tracks as I poured over the truck because of the detail and realism of this road beast.  Befitting the rat rod concept, the truck looks antiqued and is mated to a state of the art driveline and suspension system that plows dirt and shreds pavement. 



T-Ray "Rat Fink" Biker  Bad Cat Customs
3rd Place Judges' Pick


T-Ray Biker's Abbadon might be one of the more artistically clever cars in the show.  A close look might suggest to me, this is one demented builder.  The car is made of bones.  It's skeletal nature makes it unique and photogenic.  Would I want to drive it in RL?  My back would be screaming but so would the people seeing me approach.  Admittedly, T-Ray likes to build to the dark side of looks.  This is a great example of what he can do with mesh and it is a special car.



Clinched Fist Popular Votes

1st Place in the Popular Vote was Steveo Simpson of 60 Seconds Customs
 
2nd Place Popular Vote Dark (Darkdemond2013) Double D's Automotive


Labeled the 2016 Bubble Car, Dark has created a visually magnetic two door sports coupe with a hint of the better side of British engineering (i.e. a working Jaguar, yes the do exist).  What causes this car to pop so much is the paint.  Sure it could be any other car to race for tea with the Queen, you'll be there and will be noticed too.  As a judge, I poured over all of the cars and what hit me the most is how tastefully married the paint and the car were.  As with the other winners, Dark's entry was a masterpiece.


 
3rd Place Popular Vote Jeffrey Stevenson


I'm not really a MOPAR guy.  How can you not love a 69 Hemi Roadrunner though?  I sure do.  Jeffrey has a driveway full of MOPARs (he keeps his GM cars hidden from sight) which lean toward the more realistic impression of vehicles in SL.  The Roadrunner is one of those builds to catch your eye.  It sits simply enough until you look under the hood and see the hemi with the blower on top.  Jeffrey grew up with MOPARs and we're glad he did because now you get share his love of the hemi with you.



I can't speak for Fisty without redacting every other word for those with sensitive ears.  I'm sure he and Zoey would share with me that this car show was one for the books.  Just to be part of it as a judge was a huge honor not because I was asked but because I had the honor of pouring over so many incredible creations.  Look for more of these opportunities in the future by joining Fisty's group and get to know your car and bike builder.  You'll learn something as I always do.
 
Congratulations to all the entrants to the Clinched Fist Car Show!!


You can learn more about Fisty's Fucking Motors at his Marketplace store but really, why go there first when you should actually visit Fisty's sim and get to know Zoey and Fisty as well as his bikes and cars.  I have a strong feeling you will want to stop by frequently because one ride in a FFM vehicle, that experience will be burning a hole in your mind until you put one in your inventory.


Be sure to check out Lizzy's Bike Track Blog.  It is your quintessential guide to bike tracks in SL.  Wait, not only should you check it out, you should follow the blog (as well as this one) because new tracks are added every week.



Find us on Facebook

You can get updates and new reviews through our Facebook group "Things that Moves in SL" which you should absolutely join or on my Google+ page.   Lizzy and I review bikes, boats, cars and aircraft.  If you would like us to review something that moves, send us a message. 

 
Robby

OCC Customs Choppers 2016 Camaro


OCC Customs Choppers 2016 Camaro

Deep in a secluded warehouse I found a beast.  This beast would breathe fire and when provoked, it would roar.  Unlike other beasts, this one was the most fierce.  It was hidden because of the damage it could do.  Now....it has been released.


OCC Customs Choppers 2016 Camaro is that beast.  With almost Pro-Mod looks, the Camaro comes in two primary versions:  a street version and a drag version. I've tested both and this car is evil on asphalt.  Unleashed on the street tracks, you'll be able to claim some highly respectable lap times.  On the drag strip, the Camaro is pre-loaded with gearsets corresponding to classes giving you the baseline to set your car up for track days.


This isn't your Sunday cruiser.  Taking a look on the inside, it is a purpose built racer without the creature comforts yet with a full roll cage.  The looks, well they aren't for everyone but think about it, what is this car?  It is a race car and if you take a look at any pro mod or even NASCAR entry, they don't look like your dealer show room dust collector.  While the looks aren't necessarily street, they aren't at all fantasy oriented either.  It looks like a car you'd see on the strip working the brackets.


OCC Customs Choppers builds some innovative and well built vehicles.  Indian Stargazer has been at this awhile and it shows in the quality of his work.  When we first met him, we saw the Camaro and both Lizzy and I were drooling over this fire breather. 


It is a fun car to drive as well.  I took it over to the strip on 2RAW and when you page up after you stage, the car squats on the big slicks with a slight wiggle as the suspension sets up like a sprinter preparing for the starting shot.  It is when you press "go", your eyes will flatten against the G-force and the car literally takes off like a shot.  Yeah I suspect there is a race winner in this beast....and it is on the prowl!


 
About OCC Customs Choppers

OCC Customs Choppers is absolutely a bike builder you want to try.  You can try before you buy by visiting the OCC shop and I recommend you meet Indian Stargazer and his team.  Getting to know a builder is a really cool deal.  Not only can they help you get the bike of your dreams, they will often help you fit your avi to the bike and introduce you to custom options.  OCC also has an active group which says positive things about this company.  So join the group too!  If you aren't the social type (I'm not always) you can visit OCC's marketplace and get access to the products.



Be sure to check out Lizzy's Bike Track Blog.  It is your quintessential guide to bike tracks in SL.  Wait, not only should you check it out, you should follow the blog (as well as this one) because new tracks are added every week.



Find us on Facebook

You can get updates and new reviews through our Facebook group "Things that Moves in SL" which you should absolutely join or on my Google+ page.   Lizzy and I review bikes, boats, cars and aircraft.  If you would like us to review something that moves, send us a message. 

 
Robby

JJ Cycles N-Train


JJ Cycles N-Train - NEW RELEASE

When I first started reviewing JJ Cycles, Jimmie slid over his version of the Night Train.  That was then and this is now with an upgraded version of the Night Train.  Jimmie recently released his 2017 N-Train which incorporates his improved and evolutionary build technology improving the riding experience for a KCP scripted bike, drastically improving the riding experience!  It also comes in 12 colors.


In a world of fantasy bikes that we often see in SL, it is always refreshing to get our hands on a clean looking and very realistic motorcycle.  These are the kinds of bikes you could buy and ride in RL while still be the envy of your friends as well as the ire from the grouchy neighbors who don't like you ripping up the night.


Riding should be about fun and regardless of what bike you have under you, having one that will handle the wide tracks of Deezul or the narrow tracks of StarRiders, a bike which can negotiate all conditions is an asset.  The new JJ bikes give you that confidence in your riding.  They bring an advanced scripted bike with advanced performance into the hands of the newest of riders. 


This new N-Train is a bike I would ride in RL and I like bringing realism into my SL.  Yes I know people love their fantasy bikes and I respect them for it.  They aren't my thing.  Did a little deeper into this bike and you can see a lot of detail, detail which is demand by consumers and delivered by conscientious builders.  Almost all is possible in SL and JJ Cycles seeks to bring what is possible to costumers.


The KCP scripting gives menu controls to tweak the ride to your preference and I'm sure if you wanted, you could make the bike a track legend.  For me, I think I'll put down the pen and start climbing the sky tracks at Deezul for awhile longer.  So should you!




About JJ Cycles

At the JJ Cycles Main Store you can try out different bikes on the test track and you might even meet Jimmie. Do ask him for his autograph.  You can also buy on Marketplace.  With so many great bike builders, JJ Cycles is one you need to look into.


Be sure to check out Lizzy's Bike Track Blog.  It is your quintessential guide to bike tracks in SL.  Wait, not only should you check it out, you should follow the blog (as well as this one) because new tracks are added every week.



Find us on Facebook

You can get updates and new reviews through our Facebook group "Things that Moves in SL" which you should absolutely join or on my Google+ page.   Lizzy and I review bikes, boats, cars and aircraft.  If you would like us to review something that moves, send us a message. 

 
Robby